Alcatraz East Crime Museum ~ Pigeon Forge, TN – My Bear Foot Cabins

Alcatraz East Crime Museum ~ Pigeon Forge, TN

Welcome to the Big House! Alcatraz East, a new crime museum, opened in East Tennessee in the fall of 2016. The museum, which will give visitors the behind-the-scenes story to our nation’s crime history, is located at the entrance to The Island at 2757 Parkway in Pigeon Forge. The museum offers historic objects and activities for the entire family.

“This is the place for the public to learn about crime history, law enforcement, and all things related,” states Janine Vaccarello, chief operating officer for Alcatraz East.

Alcatraz East blends together a mixture of design features that represent both Tennessee and Alcatraz.  In 1898, the Tennessee State Prison, was the first prison within the state, which opened just outside of Nashville.  The prison was designed to look like a castle; a fortress of thick stone, masonry walls.


Explore American history from a different perspective in five unique galleries that burrow deep into criminal profiles, the penal system, victim’s stories, crime prevention, forensic science, law enforcement and our justice system. The museum is 25,000 square feet, spread over 2 floors and includes over 100 interactives.


Fun Exhibits For Kids Include:

The Pirate Life: Learn about pirates from the past

Legends of the Old West: Learn about famous outlaws and lawmen

Child Stops: Kid-friendly question-and-answer stops in the museum, installed at their eye-level, focusing on safety, cyberbullying, and internet etiquette

Crack-a-Safe: Try your hand at breaking into a locked safe

Police Line-Up: See what it’s like to be on the wrong side of the law

Jail Cell: Witness the uncomfortable accommodations for prisoners, and see if you can escape

CSI Gallery: Indulge an interest in science and learn how forensics are used to solve crimes

Computer Interactives: Escape from Jail, Deactivate a Bomb, How Observant Are You? And many more.

Meet McGruff The Crime Dog: Get up close and personal with McGruff the Crime Dog.

Become a Top Detective: Find Black Beard’s missing gold and ruby medallion and win a prize!

Do you have what it takes to be a jewel thief?: Take “The Heist” laser challenge and find out!


Whether you are researching a project or simply have a fascination with the subject, you will find the growing Crime Library to be a rich resource for you to explore and expand your learning. 


The White Ford Bronco that carried a frantic and suicidal OJ Simpson during the most famous televised car chase is our guest’s favorite artifact so far.

Hours of Operation and Address of Alcatraz East
Open from 10am to 9pm Sunday through Thursday

Open from 10am to 10pm Friday & Saturday
*Last ticket sold 60 minutes before closing

Open 365 days a year
Hours may vary for special events, holidays and seasonally.

2757 Parkway

Pigeon Forge, TN 37863


Phone Number 

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